Category: Lifestyle

French Fancies: Basque chocolate – L’Atelier du Chocolat

This week my heart is in the Basque Country following the bike race of the same name consequently I’m looking at all things Basque (French and Spanish). With a nod to Easter, I’m kicking off with Basque chocolate from Bayonne. L’Atelier du Chocolat is a… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Basque chocolate – L’Atelier du Chocolat”

French Fancies: Lartigue 1910

Continuing the Basque theme, this week and next, I’m looking at (French) Basque companies which make products in the area. You may not be familiar with such products, but they are real institutions in the Basque Country. In 1910 Calixte and Anastasie Lartigue established… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Lartigue 1910”

French fancies: Salomon

This week I’m getting out of the kitchen and into the wide outdoors with today’s French brand Salomon where I’m taking a look at their (currently) ultra-fashionable and wholly desirable footwear.  On the face of it, Salomon shouldn’t be cool. Founded in 1947 in… Continue Reading “French fancies: Salomon”

French Fancies: Staub

We’re still in the kitchen lusting over French artisanal products. Today’s company is a relative youngster, dating merely from 1974 and has since passed just across the border (2008) into German hands (ZWILLING J.A. Henckels).  The company’s home region of Alsace has a celebrated… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Staub”

The House where Prince Albert II lives

I’ve written about many of the buildings in Monaco but not where the Monaco Royal Family hang out. So I thought I’d remedy that omission this week. Situated on a rocky promontory, the Prince’s Palace of Monaco (Palais Princier) is the official residence of the… Continue Reading “The House where Prince Albert II lives”

Trip to Sporting d’Hiver, Monaco

Last weekend my beloved and I attended an event at Monaco’s new Sporting d’Hiver so I thought I’d look into its history. The Sporting d’Hiver was built on the site of the old Palais des Beaux-Arts, a stunning building that was inaugurated in 1893 and… Continue Reading “Trip to Sporting d’Hiver, Monaco”

French Fancies: Mauviel

I’m continuing my series on family-owned and run French businesses, which are dear to my heart, with Mauviel. Maybe you have one of their pans? How it all began Mauviel is probably the most prolific French copper cookware manufacturer and yet, for the first… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Mauviel”

French fancies: Calisson d’Aix

Today I’m looking into the provenance of a local(ish) sweet treat, one that I often gift to clients and overseas visitors. Who or what is the icon of Aix-en-Provence? Paul Cézanne, perhaps! The post-Impressionist painter certainly made this sun-kissed city, dominated by the Mount… Continue Reading “French fancies: Calisson d’Aix”

Postcard from Dubai: SEE LV Exhibition

While I was in Dubai, fashion house Louis Vuitton presented SEE LV, an immersive journey covering over 160 years of the company’s history at the Dubai Mall Fountain. The exhibition space is suspended on the water next to the Dubai Fountain. This is the… Continue Reading “Postcard from Dubai: SEE LV Exhibition”

French Fancies: Maison Boissier

When I was a kid, everyone I knew had a small tin of sweets in the glove box of their car. If I’d been brought up in France no doubt they’d have come from Maison Boissier, an authentic French institution that has delighted young and… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Maison Boissier”